Top 10 Most American-Made Cars: 2017
For the first time in its 11-year history, the American-Made Index has been revamped.
It’s no surprise, considering last year’s American-Made Index from Cars.com only yielded eight cars, so it was only a matter of time before the methodology was changed. Had Cars.com used its original requirements this year, only three 2017 models would have qualified, which doesn’t make for a terribly exciting study.
This year, the American-Made Index became an analysis of cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle. It also de-emphasized overall sales.
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To compile the data, Cars.com analyzed light-duty passenger vehicles built in the U.S., with more than 120 in total. Here are the top 10 most “American-made” cars today.
10. Honda Pilot
Assembled in Lincoln, Alabama, the Honda Pilot comes in 10th place this year on the newly revamped American-Made Index. Last year, the Honda Pilot came in fifth place.
9. Honda Odyssey
Joining the Pilot is the Honda Odyssey minivan, which is also assembled in Lincoln, Alabama. The Odyssey was also present on the list last year, finishing in fourth.
8. GMC Acadia
Last year, the GMC Acadia ranked seventh, and the SUV makes a return to the list at the seventh spot. The GMC Acadia is assembled in Spring Hill, Tennessee.
7. Ford Expedition
The first of three Ford vehicles on the list is the Expedition, which is built in Louisville, Kentucky. None of Ford’s vehicles were on the American-Made Index last year.
6. Ford F-150
Built in Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri, the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck ranks sixth on the American-Made Index.
5. Acura RDX
Acura’s SUV lands in fifth place this year, after not being present on the index last year. The Acura RDX is assembled in East Liberty, Ohio.
4. Honda Ridgeline
The most American-made car from Honda is the Ridgeline pickup truck, built in Lincoln, Alabama. The Ridgeline was not on the list last year.
3. Ford Taurus
Built in Chicago, the Ford Taurus comes in third place on this year’s American-Made Index.
2. Jeep Cherokee
With the change in methodology, Jeep shows up on the American-Made Index this year after noticeably missing last year. The Cherokee, which is assembled in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvedere, Illinois, comes in second place.
1. Jeep Wrangler / Wrangler Unlimited
The most American-made car in this year’s index is the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which are both assembled in Toledo, Ohio.
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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